More than 50 million people suffer from periodontal disease or gum disease in the U.S. Recently, scientific research has uncovered an apparent relationship between periodontal diseases and other health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and possibly preterm, low birth-weight child birth.
Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums and other tissues surrounding the teeth. The main cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque, the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. This plaque causes your gums to become swollen and tender. The plaque builds up on the teeth, causing the gums to become red and sensitive. It is a very serious disease that can result in tooth loss, but is generally painless, so you might not know you even have it.
Good oral hygiene that includes proper brushing and flossing, as well as regular teeth cleaning at your dentist’s office, can prevent gum disease.
Some Symptoms of Periodontal Disease:
Early detection and treatment of gum disease can help prevent periodontal disease from progressing, and can even reverse some of the damage. In more advanced cases, dental implants, or periodontal surgery might become part of the treatment plan. Our staff Periodontist, Dr. Wendy Burstein, specializes in implants and all phases of periodontal (gum) surgery.
If you think you might have gum disease, contact, our office today at 410-666-9266 to set up an appointment.